Presidency 2022: Children’s rights must be the compass of future mandate

5 million children live in France at the current hour, That is one-fifth of the populationFew of them see their rights generally respected.

Over the past twenty years, More than 50,000 children have been held in detention and in the waiting area And over the past ten years, 115 children, mostly under the age of ten, died on the streets.

The number of street children is still very high. On the night of January 31, 2022 alone, 890 children whose families had contacted 115 were forced to sleep on the streets. Shortage of available housing. still today, Hundreds of unaccompanied minors should live on the streets Several months waiting for the children’s judge to recognize their minority and entrust them with child protection.

Many children still live in conditions that face them in particular with insecurity: In 2021, about 5,700 children were living in the capital’s slums. Some children do not go to school but do not appear in the statistics: among them, children living in precarious housing, unaccompanied minors, children with a long distance from school, children with disabilities.

Furthermore it, The number of children in need of care is estimated at 200,000 to 400,000for 600 child psychiatrists only, which is twice as low as 10 years ago. Some children have very limited access to culture or holidaysMany children are victims of violence, and a large number of children are not involved in decisions that affect them, particularly in relation to public policy.

to There are significant regional differences in access to rights for all children in France. especially who live abroad. for example, Out-of-school rates in Guyana and Mayotte are at least 8 points higher than those in FranceAnd Migrant children in Mayotte are 20 times more at risk To be placed in administrative detention.

Due to International Convention on the Rights of the ChildAll children have the same rights.

  1. Non-discrimination: Every child in the territory of a state that has signed and ratified the Convention has the same rights. A child is a child and should not be discriminated against under any circumstances ;
  2. Right to life, survival and development: The child should benefit from an environment conducive to his development, including access to basic services (education, health, housing, etc.);
  3. The best interest of the child: the principle according to which the interests of the child must trump all other considerations;
  4. Respect the child’s opinion: Their views are heard and taken into account, their free access to age-appropriate information and their right to participate is essential.

In 1990,France was one of the first countries to ratify this convention. It is the responsibility of the government to look into Principles and provisions in their laws, policies and practices to ensure respect for the rights of every childWherever the child came.
More than thirty years after the ratification of this Convention, the challenges facing France and the world require more than ever that children’s rights be considered as the compass for public action in France.

To better meet these challenges, Having a real service to children would make it possible to remember the basic priority that children and young people must represent in a just and sustainable enterprise. This full ministry, with a dedicated budget, services and strong influence, will make it possible to develop and implement a cross-sectional, coherent and thoughtful public policy with and for children and young people. Among the basic measures, UNICEF France is proposing 15 actions as part of this election.
While the next few years will be crucial on several levels (climate, democratic, humanitarian), UNICEF France is calling for children’s rights, and human rights in general, to be placed at the heart of the next mandate.

This April 24th, let’s take the kids side for the next five years!

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